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Timothy Leary Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out—The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Red, Blue & Green "Kaleidoscope" Vinyl Edition) LP

Labeled “The Most Dangerous Man in America” by Richard Nixon, Timothy Leary Was One of the Most Intriguing and Enigmatic Figures to Emerge from the ‘60s

One Part Psychologist, One Part Psychonaut, and One Part Huckster, Leary Capitalized on Media Coverage to Become the Spokesperson of the Counterculture’s Experimentation with Drugs and Especially LSD

His 1967 Mercury Album Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out—The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Was Released Under Typically Hazy Circumstances

The Record Was the Soundtrack to a Film Nobody Ever Saw, and One Which to This Day Remains Subject to Speculation

It Appears that Leary, His Partner Rosemary Woodruff Leary, and Fellow Psychedelic Adventurer Ralph Metzner Made a Film Chronicling a Metzner’s Experience of an LSD Trip

Leary Acts as Guide and Rosemary Leary the Divine Presence as Metzner Journeys Through His Body, Through His Memory, and All the Way Back to His Evolutionary Cellular Origins

But, Unlike the Album by the Same Name That Leary Released a Year Earlier on The ESP-Disk label, Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Is No Mere Spoken-Word Record

Leary’s Rap Is Accompanied by a Mesmerizing East-West Blend of Guitar, Tabla, and the Rarely-Heard Veena, an Indian Instrument Akin to a Sitar or a Sarod

Music, Voice, and Sound/Studio Effects Combine to Create a Musique-Concrete Effect

Trippy and Disorienting, the Record and Its Song Titles Are Designed to Mimic the Trajectory of an Acid Trip

It’s Also a Time Trip Back to the Heady Days of the Summer of Love

Pressed in Red, Blue & Green “Kaleidoscope” Vinyl

Limited to 1600 Copies!

Available Febraury 01, 2019 Pre-Order Now!

Timothy Leary: Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out—The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Red, Blue & Green "Kaleidoscope" Vinyl Edition) LP

One part psychologist, one part psychonaut, and one part huckster, Dr. Timothy Leary was one of the most fascinating and enigmatic figures to emerge from the ‘60s, and the fact that he released a soundtrack to a film that nobody ever saw fits right in with his modus operandi. Indeed, mass confusion reigns as to the origin of the tracks found on Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out. First of all, Leary had released an album by the same name a year earlier on the ESP-Disk label; that one was a spoken word record offering Leary’s thoughts on LSD, philosophy, and religion. Then, in 1967, Mercury Records released this record, ostensibly a soundtrack recording, but to what? Latter day sources differ as to this question; IMDB claims the soundtrack hails from five short films (including footage of the San Francisco Be-In and Andy Warhol’s Plastic Inevitable, and an early Nam June Paik film featuring The Beatles), but then how could there be one soundtrack to five separate and distinct films? Other authorities provide a more plausible answer—Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out was a film that Leary, his partner Rosemary Woodruff Leary, and long-time psychedelic traveling companion Ralph Metzner made that was so far out (even for 1967), that it received little theatrical release if any at all. In it, Leary guides Metzner on a trip through his body, through his memory, and all the way back to his evolutionary cellular origins, while Rosemary is the divine connection echoing Leary’s calming words. But, unlike its eponymous predecessor, this is no mere spoken-word record; alternating with and accompanying Leary’s rap is a mesmerizing East-West blend featuring guitar, tabla, and the rarely-heard veena, an Indian instrument akin to a sitar or a sarod, while odd use of reverb and sound effects create a musique concrete effect blending voice and music. Trippy? You bet. Even the song titles chart the course of an acid trip. It’s also a bit of a time machine back to the heady days of the Summer of Love; and for this limited edition vinyl reissue, we’ve pressed up 1600 copies in red, blue & green “kaleidoscope” vinyl. Turn on and tune in with the guy Richard Nixon called "The most dangerous man in America!"

SIDE ONE

1. Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out 2. The Trip: The Turn On
3. The Tune In
4. The Beginning of the Voyage (Heart Chakra) 

5. Root Chakra
6. All Girls Are Yours
7. Freak-Out

SIDE TWO

1. Freak-Out (Continued) 

2. Genetic Memory
3. Re-Entry (Nirvana)
4. Epilogue (Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out)

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